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It is a very impressive looking double track junction allright! Hopefully Sligo and Tuam will reopen though!

 

Hopefully they won't! As much as I don't like seeing infrastructure rotting away, that section would only be another financial noose around the taxpayer. Best to concentrate on keeping the current network from being cut back...

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The Sligo to Claremorris part of the line was known as the Burma rd by the crews.The line went from nowhere to nowhere took forever because of all the level crossings and gates as for the Tuam line Tuam to Galway by road 25 mins Tuam to Galway by rail Tuam Ballyglunin (Castletown station) Quiet Man film,Athenry Galway.You would be quicker walking

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1 hr 30 to Gort from Galway the IE timetable says its 46 mins and its not 20 mins to drive either. Improvements have been made to journey times with a max of 80 mph now allowed between athenry and ennis in certain sections. A recent trip on one of the mid week afternoon services from Galway the train was well loaded leaving athenry and we arrived in ennis 48 mins later which is significantly better running than before. While better it can be improved further still with elimination of some more restrictions. Actually ennis limerick section is the achillies heel now with a 50 mph max limit.

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Brings a tear to my eye.Did you know that Claremorris was the only junction in Ireland with 5 serviced towns 1 Castlebar Ballina 2 Ballinrobe

3 Tuam 4 Roscommon 5 Sligo. Sligo Tuam and Ballinrobe shut.

 

What about Waterford? (1) Rosslare Strand; (2) New Ross; (3) Kilkenny; (4) Limerick Jct; (5) Mallow. If you include the Tramore line then its six.

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1 hr 30 to Gort from Galway the IE timetable says its 46 mins and its not 20 mins to drive either. Improvements have been made to journey times with a max of 80 mph now allowed between athenry and ennis in certain sections. A recent trip on one of the mid week afternoon services from Galway the train was well loaded leaving athenry and we arrived in ennis 48 mins later which is significantly better running than before. While better it can be improved further still with elimination of some more restrictions. Actually ennis limerick section is the achillies heel now with a 50 mph max limit.

 

That's the way I read the post aswell, but I think he means its 20 miles from Galway to Gort, which takes 30 minutes in a car and 1 hour by train. However, you are correct, it's only about 45-50 minutes according to the timetable. Again, however, his point stands, it is faster by road than rail on that route by quite a large amount for such a short journey

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